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The Ideal Marriage Proposals

Proposing to a loved one can be a particularly stressful moment, and for some it takes months of thinking and preparation. If you’re one of the lucky folks who managed to find a significant other and want to tie the knot, we may have some answers for your proposal-related dilemmas.

Lisa Hoplock, a researcher on love and relationship, conducted a small study about how people imagine the perfect marriage proposal, and how it was actually enacted by their partners. She asked the users of Science of Relationships, a website about love and dating, how and where their marriage proposal took place, and if that matched their expectations. (more…)

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Healthy Dinner Choices For Your Date

Going out for dinner is a fabulous occasion to spend time with a date, but then there’s the dread of going through the menu and struggling to pick something both delicious and healthy. Settling for salad all the time gets old really fast, so we thought of several fulfilling meals you can pick from any restaurant’s menu.

They’re all approved by nutrition experts for their amazing qualities. Now you can finally think of these dishes less as guilty pleasures and more as smart meal choices. We thought about a main course and a couple of delicious desserts for your hot dinner date, so all you need to do is enjoy the company without worrying about calories. (more…)

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Best Ways To Find A Good Match

Online dating sites and apps are praised for the wide amount of information they display. Just by spending a few minutes browsing a person’s profile, we are likely to find out not only how they look like, but also their age, occupation, hobbies, and a lot of life-style information. Among these, there is one famous dating app that offers very little space for personal info about its users. That is, of course, Tinder, with its sometimes infamous scarce room for personal info.

As a matter of fact, the only information Tinder users are revealed about the others is photos, age, and general area of residence. This leaves it up to users to get to know each other better via chat, and go as they please about dating face to face or not. While Tinder has been often criticized for being a mere hookup app, there is some evidence showing that, in fact, knowing a lot of personal information about a potential love partner doesn’t improve the chances of a successful relationship. (more…)

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5 Best Cities for Singles in The U.S.

If you could choose a city to move to for the next several years, how would you make that decision? Some think of financial opportunities, others seek beautiful architecture, while some people go for lively places. There are so many smaller factors to take into consideration when deciding which place would make the best fit, that if we were to think through them all, people would never move around.

However, the best way to go about choosing to live in a new city is decide what’s more important for you at a given time. And we think we have just what you need. Check out this list of best U.S. cities for singles according to a piece featured in Time magazine.

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Is More Sex Better For You?

Among activities that give people most pleasure, sex is way up there at the top of the list. Surveys are consistently indicating that when asked to point out what factors ensure their well-being, most people rank sexual activity as the number 1 thing that is prone to making them happy.

One study even went as far as to formulate the idea that those couples who go from having sex once a month to a more intense activity of going at it weekly are also scoring high in the happiness department. To be precise, the two authors (David Blanchflower and Andrew Oswald) maintain that such increase in one’s sex life is equivalent to earning a sudden extra $50.000. That’s quite some happiness there, we’ll say.

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The Sweet Taste Of Love

Sweetness, sugar, honey, cutie pie are all pet names people in love use to express their feelings for each other. Love is widely associated with food that tastes sweet, and several teams of psychologists asked whether there is something more to it than a simple metaphor. Turns out we are so used to linking love to sweets that now we are more prone to being attracted to a potential partner if we’re given something sweet to eat at a first date. That makes (can you guess it?) falling in love a piece of cake!

Words have power beyond just describing the world, and that’s clear in many ways, but who knew that all those metaphors about love tasting sweet could gain such a literal sense? To everyone’s surprise, experiments showed that potential partners were more open towards starting a relationship when they had something sweet to eat over the first date. It’s practically a win-win, you know, like to have cake and eat it too. (more…)

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What You Need To Know About Breakups

 

The average age at first marriage in the United States is 27 years old for women and almost 30 for men. Europe isn’t much different either, with some areas such as Scandinavia reporting a median of over 30 years old for the event in question. To get a sense of how much the attitudes towards marriage have shifted, in the 1950s U.S., the median age at first marriage was 20 for women and 23 for men, and it only began to increase slowly from the 1980s onwards. However, it was not until the last several years that people stopped feeling compelled to marry in their early 20s in the States.

What this extended intro on numbers comes to show is a noteworthy picture of how we got to envision love. The fact of the matter is that by marrying later, people are now embarking in a string of relationships before finding a partner they choose to tie the knot with. There is a certain cycle of love that in most cases inevitably entails a breakup stage. To a great extent, the breakup stage is the most difficult part of a relationship, perhaps only with only some exceptionally bad relationships. So what ways do people find to explain and cope with a breakup? We gathered a few information to help you understand breakups better. (more…)

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Relationship Tips We Took From Great Romantic Movies

Romance movies are usually far from being the go-to place for relationship advice. Many of the films about relationships, and rom-coms especially are filled with unrealistic couples and situations. This makes for all the fun, sure – no one would dare claiming that a feel-good piece should provide psychological counselling. However, there are more than a handful of directors and script writers who took the genre to another level.

Some of the movies that tackle with couple issues and their love life really go above and beyond the general recipes used for romantic movies. We picked a small batch that made us think about non-fictional, real life relationship issues that most couples had to deal with at one point or another. These films about love are more down to earth, and seem to have avoided the classic “Prince Charming seduces girl and they live happily ever after” story. Instead, we tried to look into the plots of a bit more insightful movies and draw a few pieces of relationship advice from the fictional love stories depicted there.

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The Comfort And Joy Of Virtual Relationships

Virtual relationships in a broader sense aren’t a new thing at all. The term is currently used to describe the romantic online correspondence between two people. Pen pals, however, have been around for ages, and plenty of things stand as proof of that. Books comprising love letters between famous writers have been published in multiple editions, and if we’re lucky enough, we may find some old letters at our grandparents’ homes.

Now maintaining a virtual relationship is not only easier, but also more fun. That’s largely because the Internet is a game changer in more than one way. Not only we can now form a connection with someone across the world, but we are no longer limited to writing, not to mention we can talk in real time instead of waiting for letters to arrive. Beside the chat window, online lovers can use video, photos, and a bunch of apps that can draw them closer together. With all these tools at hand, the big bugging question we all have in mind is whether love between people in virtual relationships is, as they say, real.

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Love At Rare Sight? How Long Distance Relationships Work

In this day and age almost everyone can enjoy the advantages of being able to travel and live almost anywhere in virtually no time, and with relatively small costs. Cupid made a long due update for his arrows too, so now he’s marching girls and guys from all across the world. But when guy and girl move to separate countries after their relationship had already gone steady, the situation has “trouble” spelled all over it.

There’s no wicked god of long distance relationships who can knit solid threads between you love birds. Luckily enough though, there are plenty of apps for that. There are also many benefits of being in a long distance relationship, which indeed may not seem so obvious when longing for your sweetheart, but that are guaranteed to pay out on the long run. We are not just saying this – some serious researcher at The Center for the Study of Long Distance Relationships (we are not making that up[1]) can confirm. So let’s talk about long distance couples and how their relationships work and prosper.

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